Manchester United Needs to Take Advantage of Chris Samba's 'Divorce' Wish

Ryan Day@theryanedwardCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15:  Christopher Samba of Blackburn Rovers is closed down by Jamie Mackie of Queens Park Rangers during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn Rovers at Loftus Road on October 15, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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This year's winter transfer window will close on Tuesday night, and Manchester United has yet to seriously pursue anyone to bolster their team.

Bleacher Report Lead Writer Will Tidey demonstrated beautifully in a recent article that January signings don't win Premier League titles.

But with The Sun reporting that Chris Samba wants a "divorce" from Blackburn, it would be ludicrous to think that signing the star center back wouldn't help manager Sir Alex Ferguson's chances at capturing his fifth title in six years.

Never mind the fact that United's injury list seems to be a revolving door, with The Sun reporting that Phil Jones is the latest casualty. Even if all of the team's defenders were at full fitness, picking up Samba would be a no-brainer.


Well, first, Samba is only 27 years old. Rio Ferdinand, the current right center back, has suffered through more injuries than I can remember. He's 33, and not a dependable option to put in the center of the defensive back line. Grab Samba and make that defense younger.

In addition to youth, Samba brings size to a defense that is sorely lacking it. At 6'4", the Congolese international would be the tallest member on the defense and give the Red Devils a physical presence in the box again.

He has also got stamina. In 16 starts, he's played all 90 minutes in 14 of them.

But best of all, Samba brings some attacking prowess to a United defense that, to put it mildly, is nearly devoid of it.

United defenders have combined for two goals and four assists through the first 22 matches of the 2011-12 season. Samba has nearly equaled that by himself, scoring two, and assisting two more, so far this season. He's consistently supporting Blackburn's attacks and has gotten at least one shot on goal in 10 of his 16 appearances.

Ferguson & Co. would be mad not to go after Samba. The guy is a no-nonsense defender and a competitor who can't stand playing on a side that is consistently fighting off relegation. I can't blame him for wanting out of his contract with Blackburn.

With United's upcoming Europa campaign and matches against high-scoring Chelsea, Tottenham and Norwich City all in the next four weeks, the team needs to take advantage of Samba's desire to leave Blackburn and do it now.


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